How to Opt Out of Siri’s Tracking Features

How to Opt Out of Siri’s Tracking Features

Apple has heralded itself as a privacy leader in the tech sphere for years. Its “Sign In with Apple,” a new iOS 13 feature unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2019, is essentially a refurbished take on social media sign-ins with an Apple logo. The key differentiating factors, for Apple, are the sign-in’s…

How to Prevent Alexa From Tracking You

How to Prevent Alexa From Tracking You

The U.S. has no solidified regulatory structure in place to ensure users know exactly where their digital information is going. Companies (for the most part) aren’t necessarily required to give users all the ins and outs of what they’re doing with consumer data, either. This laissez-faire approach might have indirectly given us Amazon, Facebook, and…

How to Opt Out of Google Home’s Tracking Features

How to Opt Out of Google Home’s Tracking Features

Privacy and security have been major themes for Google in 2019. But the conveniences we enjoy, like finding our way through a new city with Google Maps, require (personal) data inputs. According to Sundar Pichai’s New York Times op-ed, advertising helps Google remain a free product, and it’s also what drives Google’s most useful services.…

Fiber vs. Cable: Understanding the Differences

Fiber vs. Cable: Understanding the Differences

Staying connected in our modern world is no longer a simple endeavor. Not only will you be choosing between providers for your internet privileges and remote control rights, you’ll also have to choose the technology that powers those entertainment sources. DSL, satellite, fiber-optic, and cable are all options for internet and TV service across the…

What Mega Mergers Mean for Consumers

What Mega Mergers Mean for Consumers

Sometimes major companies decide that one head is better than two and merge together to combine strengths or streamline operations. In some cases, one of the companies might buy the other company outright. While researching Charter Communications for our Charter Spectrum TV review, we learned that Spectrum is the young child of a pretty big…

How 5G Will Impact the Smart Home

How 5G Will Impact the Smart Home

5G — or the fifth generation of wireless technology — is here. Whether it lives up to the hype is yet to be determined, especially within the home automation industry. All four major U.S. carriers have flipped the switch on 5G, but only in select cities. Existing data primarily hinges on smartphones at this point…

Video Doorbells Are the Best New Smart Home Devices. Here’s What to Know Before You Buy

Video Doorbells Are the Best New Smart Home Devices. Here’s What to Know Before You Buy

If you’re going to buy one piece of smart home tech, it should probably be a video doorbell. It’s one of the best new home security options on the market because it functions not only as a security measure, but as a useful, day-to-day tool. Video doorbells keep a vigilant eye on your front door…

LGBTQ Guide to Fair Housing in 2019

LGBTQ Guide to Fair Housing in 2019

Finding, buying, or renting a home can be a stressful process even when things go as expected. But a home search is a whole other challenge for those who experience discrimination. Although we’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, described by Encyclopedia Britannica as “a catalyst for a new generation…

High-Quality Music Streaming: Is It Worth It?

High-Quality Music Streaming: Is It Worth It?

The majority of people are unlikely to detect the improvement that high-quality music streaming promises. There are too many factors that will influence the listening experience (from technology to internet speed) for the extra cost to be worth it for most listeners. But for audiophiles who truly crave a richer listening experience, and who have…

What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident Without Insurance

What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident Without Insurance

First things first, it’s against the law to drive without demonstrating financial responsibility for the possibility of an accident. In most states, auto insurance is mandatory proof of that financial responsibility. In the few states that don’t require car insurance (New Hampshire and Virginia), you’ll need to prove that you have sufficient funds and will…